Turning the Tables Conference - 29th November 2019
Because, now more than ever, we need thought diversity.
In over 40 years of working with leadership teams in business and science, I have seen little enough progress in the diversity I can see, and even less in the diversity I can’t see; diversity of thought. The small number of non-white, non-male, non-straight, non-gender conforming leaders I meet are still predominantly MBAs and Russell Group, Ivy League and C9 university graduates from comfortable, stable homes. Then, a few years ago, I began to meet and work with young people who have had to deal with extremely difficult, life-changing experiences. They have been forced to live with levels of fear, uncertainty and change that most of us have never had to face, and hope that we never will. In that time, my own learning curve has been the steepest of my entire career.
I’m delighted that 9 of these young people aged between 16 and 24 have agreed to take to the stage to talk to business and organisational leaders about their experiences. These experiences range from cancer diagnosis and treatment, fleeing their homeland, losing their home or their friends, being threatened with knife crime or deportation, having speech and learning difficulties… Some have faced more than one of these. They will teach us new and diverse ways to deal with change, uncertainty and danger. They are:
We’re delighted that one of our speakers, Jonathan Barros, has recently gained a distinction on his Business Administration Level 3 course. He’ll be telling you more about his journey on the day.
This first Turning the Tables conference will take place in London on 29th November 2019 and I’ll be working with these inspiring young people between now and then to help them to write and deliver their talks. On the day, after each 3 or 4 speakers, we’ll have a Q&A session so that you, the audience, can get more ideas from them. This is your opportunity to learn new ways of thinking and problem-solving that you can put into practice to make diversity of thought and action a reality in your world. At the end of the day you will have the chance to mix with them in smaller groups and ask them questions.
Buy 4 for your organisation, and a 5th person gets to come for free.
Venue: The Tabernacle Theatre Space. London W11 2AY
Date and time: Friday November 29th 2019. 9.30 – 5.00
A local caterer from the Notting Hill community will be onsite so that you can purchase lunch, snacks and drinks.